Saturday, 15 February 2014
CORIEL - hand sculpted metal and oak wall plaque based on a Celtic Coin
CORIEL – a silver unit of the Corieltauvi tribe.
Coriel - oak wall plaque with handcrafted inlaid Celtic design in aluminium based on a Celtic Coin struck by the Corieltauvi tribe c.55-45 BC
~222 x 222 x 18 mm
The coin on which this is based was a silver unit of the Boar & Horse type (reverse side features a boar, unsurprisingly!) struck by the Corieltauvi tribe (formerly thought to be called Coritani) a territory South of the Humber roughly occupying todays Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and parts of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Rutland & Northamptonshire.
Rather than being a single tribe, they were more like a confederation of people with a shared outlook, and their name loosely translates as ‘host or army of the broad land or host/army of many rivers.’
They seemed to have offered little resistance to Roman rule and Leicester (Ratae Corieltauvorum – ratae meaning ramparts implying it was fortified) fell to the Romans in AD 44.
I really enjoyed making this piece and am very happy with the result – possibly my favourite….maybe…..
(Photo of coin courtesy ©Chris Rudd http://www.celticcoins.com/ )
I hope you like CORIEL
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